My wife improved her drawing dramatically from "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" which we found in the local library. A new edition is out but the old edition worked just fine for her. If the library doesn't have it, see if they'll do an interlibrary loan.
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I AGREE! I have this book and have used it myself and if you do it dilligently and with patience, it really will improve your skills a LOT.
Saddle on up, and go into the Wild West. I reckon you'll soon learn how to ...draw.
begin from copying other stuff with your style
first copy from backlit source
then copy from backlit diffused source (like stick the source to the back of the window or display it on a flatron)
then experiment with drawind entirely by your self with having the source nearby
Practice practice practice. Alright, I'm going to be honest with you. Some people have a natural talent. Some don't. It's a shame that not everyone can draw well... but that does make it more special for those who can. Don't worry, I'm sure there's something that you're good at that others arent.
Anyway practicing is the only way to improve... and in this area it's easy! Just keep a bit of paper and a pencil around and doodle whenever you've got a moment! You must focus your mind on the things you think that you did "right." This will keep you in the right mindset for learning!
You may consider some basic art books to see some of the tricks that artists use to make their lives easier! Anything titled "An introduction to..." is probably a good one to start with. I suggest something that covers anime/manga, or western cartoon/comic art. Don't be ashamed to start with books aimed at kids and work your way up.
I'm a terrible artist myself. I can't draw worth beans, but when pressured I can draw a somewhat recognizable doodle. That said, I know that if I take my time and follow a guide from a good art book or cheat a little by tracing the outlines of a photograph... I can make a convincingly good sketch.
Hope this helps!
Start small, and be patient.First try copying photographs. You can use the grid technique to copy them onto a larger sheet of paper and drawing upside-down to ensure that your outlines are accurate.Next, set some objects with simple shapes- cylinders, spheres, boxes, cones, and pyramids- on the table in front of you. Make sure the room is dark except for one bright light pointed at the shapes. Once you learn basic skills like perspective and crosshatching, you can start trying to imitate the works of others. Be careful, though, to include different techniques and styles (like Impressionism and Realism). Even if you don't plan to use a particular style when drawing for others, it's important to remain flexible and understand the concepts behind the artists' techniques. Other links:While I wouldn't buy lessons from them, this page has a great list of skills. Some actual free lessons can be found here, and many tips over here. And perhaps you are interested in drawing cartoons?